Freeport, Bahamas is a truly beautiful place. Palm trees, tropical flowers, turquoise water, pink sands, and the friendliest people anywhere. While there we stayed at the Our Lucaya Sheraton. The Our Lucaya resort is a mega-resort comprised of 3 major hotels, a convention center, and a lighthouse. It is built right on the beach and offers lots of on-site entertainment. It has a 2 large pools, one of which has waterfalls and a water slide, a long lap pool, and 3 infinity pools. In addition there are 16 restaurants, clubs and bars scattered throughout serving everything from cheeseburgers to the finest seafood. And always keep the Bahama Mamas coming, because as we all know, too much of everything is just enough!
We left the harbor about 7:30 a.m. and bid farewell to Ft. Lauderdale.
After we got to the deep water, the harbor pilot left the ship and the dolphins came out to play.
After a short cruise we arrived at Freeport Harbor and made our way to the Port Lucaya area.
The beach area has something for everyone.
The First Lady grabs a piece of shade to get relief from that tropical sun.
The grounds are landscaped and are so well cared for they look like they are manicured.
The edge of the infinity pools blend right into the ocean and seem to go on forever.
The accommodations at Our Lucaya couldn't be more comfortable.
Count Basie Square, part of the Port Lucaya Shopping District, is just across the road from the Our Lucaya Resort, and was decorated for the Christmas season.
Port Lucaya is a duty-free shopping district that has everything from t-shirts and novelties to liquor, perfume and jewelry. It is very clean and visitor friendly.
To us, palm trees were unusual companions for snowmen and Santa Claus.
On our last night in Freeport we attended the annual lighting of the tree ceremony in Count Basie Square. We were treated to the sounds of the Port Georges High School Band, a local church choir, the Merry Christmas Babies, as well as numerous middle and grade school choirs. The music was thoroughly enjoyed by all. Man and beast included.
All too soon it was time to return to the harbor for the cruise back as the sun slowly but inexorably set on our time in Freeport.
Even though we had to leave Freeport, the good times just kept on rolling. The mayor enjoys a rum and pineapple drink served in an actual, hollowed-out pineapple; and sucks down the suds in the ship's beer chugging contest.
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